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Innovative and advanced technologies for agriculture, food and feed industries

The mission of "euroagri+" is to assist the application of innovation and technologies within the agriculture, food and feed sectors in order to strengthen european competitiveness.

The EUREKA Umbrella E! 718 EUROAGRI has been active since 1992. It focused primarily on the agricultural sector. Its mission was to try to bridge the gap between technological developments and their industrial application on the one hand; and public acceptance, awareness and concern for the environment on the other hand. The Umbrella was very successful and became one of the leading EUREKA Umbrellas in terms of projects generated (> 90 projects). Due to changes occurring in society and increasing emphasis on environmental and safety aspects in all areas of life as well as new and innovative technology responses to new demands, an adaptation of the previous EUROAGRI mission statement became indispensable. Agriculture, food and feed production are technologically more and more interdependent and EUROAGRI+ therefore covers all three sectors. Technologies like biotechnology, genomics, proteomics, conservation technology and tracking and traceability are newcomers in these sectors, and there is an agreement that such technologies are providing new challenges in these areas. Within the sectors agro, food and feed the 'chain' approach is more incorporated in the business and product development strategy. In such a frame it is inevitable that use is made of different research disciplines (life sciences, material sciences, process technology) and technologies (conservation technology, separation technology, biotechnology, 'omics', Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), measurement and control technology). Because of the complexity of new technologies and their importance for the future of all three sectors, SME's in the agri-food sector as a whole need more guidance in order to generate new ideas for cooperative projects. Consistent with the ongoing efforts of the EUREKA Chair and the E.C., EUROAGRI+ also intends to try to attain a certain level of synergy and complementarity with the Sixth Framework programme in this area by establishing channels of communication with the appropriate specific research programmes. In addition, EUROAGRI+ intends to try to bridge the gap between technological developments and their industrial application on the one hand, and public acceptance, awareness and concern for the environment on the other hand. Links will be established with other initiatives as appropriate, in particular with other relevant EUREKA Umbrellas like EUROENVIRON. Keywords: agriculture, food.
Acronym: 
EUROAGRI+
Project ID: 
3 038
Start date: 
09-03-2003
Project Duration: 
72months
Project costs: 
0.00€
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Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.